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Library Updates: Spring 2021

Library FAQs

Are the Libraries open?

All WVU Libraries are open to the campus community as of August 10, 2020. For complete library hours, visit the web site at Access to the Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Science Libraries will be available by swipe card access for students, faculty, and staff. Please be sure to bring your ID card to enter the building.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center is open to WVU students, faculty, and staff by appointment only. More information can be found at 


Will I need my WVU ID card?

Yes.  Access to the Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Science Libraries will be available by swipe card access for students, faculty and staff.  Please be sure to bring your ID card to enter the building. 

Is food and drink permitted in the Libraries.?

Beginning on September 7, no food or drinks are permitted in Morgantown campus libraries.  


What other COVID-19 changes can I expect when I visit a campus library?

As with the rest of campus, wearing a mask is required in all our facilities. Users will also need to use seating in the manner in which it is laid out to practice physical distancing. 

Can I request items through interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary borrowing and lending for books and other returnable materials has resumed.  Please use ILLiad to make requests for all materials.  E-ZBorrow ordering will be handled by library staff.  Please use ILLiad for all requests and indicate in the notes if E-ZBorrow is important to you. Locate the book in  WorldCat Discovery and then  use the "Request ILLiad" button to request a loan.  Unfamiliar with ILLiad?  Use the menu on the left for more details.  

Upon arrival books will be quarantined for 72 hours, making the time from ordering to pick up slightly longer than normal.  Please plan accordingly.  Interlibrary loan for articles and  nonreturnable material is on-going.  Please continue to submit requests through your ILLiad account, as usual. 

Can Emeritus Faculty visit the Libraries?

The Libraries are open to Emeritus Faculty, following guidelines from the Provost's Office.  “Only those emeritus faculty actively contributing to the research, teaching, or service mission of the unit should be on campus in the fall. Such active engagement would include scheduled interaction with students and work on externally funded research projects. These emeritus faculty, like other members of the University community, are required to take a COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 educational module, and participate in the daily wellness survey.”

Please remember that a current Mountaineer Card is necessary to enter the buildings.  ​​For Mountaineer Card Help, phone ITS at 304-293-4444.

How can I get or return materials if I am sick or quarantined? 

If you can't or shouldn't to come to the library and you need materials mailed to you, whether owned by WVU or borrowed from another institution, let us know the best address to which we should mail materials.  When returning materials, you can drop them in one of the outside book drops at the Downtown Campus or Evansdale libraries or we will send you a prepaid envelope.  Please let us know the best address to which we should send the mailing label. 

My book is overdue.  Will I be fined?

You can renew your WVU materials by logging on at or you can email us at  Make sure to include your full name and WVU ID number in the email. 

Now that the Libraries have reopened, our normal policies on overdue materials are in place:  However, if you have fines related to materials borrowed during the Libraries shutdown in the spring and summer, let us know.  We are waiving overdue fines that accrued during that time.  Note:  replacement fees for any materials that haven't been returned or renewed will still stand.

How can I request materials?

Continue to submit requests for chapters, and articles in ILLiad. When the material is received at the Library, we will deliver it electronically (articles). We will mail WVU print books.  Let us know the best address to which we should mail materials.

How can I get help with library research?

Our librarians are available online to work with you on your research in a way that convenient for you.